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This Week in IDEA | March 31, 2011

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Google Releases Think Quarterly – The Data Issue

In addition to email newsletters, updates, blogs and printed materials, the internet giant Google is now releasing complimentary short books about data called Think Quarterly. Although Think Quarterly is aimed at Google's partners and advertisers, we thought the data issue may be of interest to you. Some topics covered:

  • Executive Insight: Guy Laurence, CEO of Vodafone UK, knows a thing or two about information overload. Feeling stressed out by statistics? He has the cure for data impotence.
  • A Data State of Mind: Data superstar Hans Rosling explains why a fact-based worldview will transform your business.
  • Open for Business: After convincing the government to publish over 5,000 datasets online, Nigel Shadbolt is turning his attention to the business world. It's time to open your mind to open data.

Read these articles and download the PDF version of Think Quarterly>

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BSW Launches the 2011 Software Vendor Guides

Brown Smith Wallace (BSW) Consulting Group releases annual software guides on and offline for distributors and manufacturers. You can now visit their websites to browse, compare, and analyze which technology is best for your business needs.

  • Software categories: Enterprise Distribution Software (ERP), Ecommerce Business Software (B2B) and Warehouse Management Software (WMS), and many more. 
  • Primary vertical markets: wholesale distribution, industrial supply, building supply and electrical.

BSW and its vendor partners provide educational resources to help with your technology research and decision-making process. Visit their new websites: and and be sure to check out IDEA’s page.

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Forum Early Sponsor Benefits End April 1

Leaders who pledge their support for the IDEA E-Biz Forum early gain more benefits. Sign up as a sponsor of the 2011 event by April 1 to guarantee recognition in the official Forum press release and gain an opportunity to speak during an education session (limited spots available). In addition, you’ll also get recognition in the pre-event mailer, earlier and longer visibility on the Forum website and first choice of a sponsored event.

Other benefits our sponsors receive (depending on the level):

  • Branded items with your logo at sponsored event
  • Company literature insert in attendee bags
  • Complimentary registrations
  • Company logo on Forum registration bags
  • 75 word company description announcement in General Session by Forum MC
  • Ad in Forum Pocket Guide
  • Attendee contact info

Our sponsors help make the Forum more productive and affordable for attendees. Sponsor the 2011 Forum to demonstrate your support and position your company as an eBusiness leader in the electrical supply chain. Thanks to our early sponsors: DATAgility, Eaton, Lutron and General Electric!

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Eaton and General Electric: Sponsors of the IDEA E-Biz Forum 2011

Thanks to Eaton Corporation for their Silver sponsorship and General Electric for their Bronze sponsorship of the IDEA E-Biz Forum 2011. These companies demonstrate their support of the only eBusiness event dedicated to business-to-business leaders in the electrical supply chain. Their leadership and partnership is greatly appreciated by all.

About Eaton Corporation

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2010 sales of $13.7 billion. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. Find out more at

About GE Energy’s Industrial Solutions Division

Leading the future of electrification around the globe, GE Energy's Industrial Solutions division forges strong relationships with customers, identifies challenges then solves them, and invests in innovative technologies that help create a cleaner, smarter and more efficient electrical infrastructure. Residing in more than 60 countries, our dedicated teams from Electrical Distribution, Industrial Services and Motors manufacture and service products for residential, commercial and industrial applications. Find out more at

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NEMA News: New Board Members and Facebook Page

The Board of Governors of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) elected Christopher Curtis, President and CEO of Schneider Electric North America, treasurer of the association at its recent spring meeting. Curtis was also named to the executive committee of the NEMA Board of Governors. Zia Eftekhar, CEO, Philips Lighting, North America, and Michael W. Pessina, President, Office of Product Development, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc., were elected to the board of governors. Read the NEMA press release> 

NEMA also recently created a presence on Facebook where they are delivering news and education to the industry.  

– be sure to “like” them too! 

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New Synchronization Customers

IDEA welcomes one new IDW customer and 19 new IRD CERICOMX customers. Read more about these companies and how you can begin trading with them electronically to expand your business.

New IDW Customer

Jergens Industrial Supply of Cleveland, OH became an IDEA customer on March 21. Jergens is Ohio’s largest stocking distributor of metalworking products with nearly $2,000,000 of inventory, and a 1,000-square-foot showroom representing over 300 of the top manufacturers in the United States. They will utilize the IDW Data Synchronization Platform to synchronize product and pricing information with their supply partners. Jergens Industry Supply is a proud member of A-D. Find out more at  

New IRD CERICOMX® Customers

As a 1SYNC Data Pool On-Board Solution (OBS) partner, IDEA implements suppliers that subscribe to the 1SYNC data pool using the IRD CERICOMX® Data Synchronization Platform. IDEA was recently assigned 19 suppliers:

These companies will be trained to use IRD CERICOMX®, an online catalog that suppliers use to register product data with the GS1 Registry® and GDSN via the 1SYNC Data Pool. Suppliers also use this solution to publish product data to demand partners including retailers such as Lowe’s and Walmart.

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